Appeal Social Security Disability Denials in Detroit
Getting a denial notice for Social Security disability benefits can be devastating. You can’t work, and you were counting on those monthly checks to survive.
It’s not over.
Most people get denied. Appealing is often how people win benefits.
Important! Once you’re denied benefits, you have 60 days to appeal. Don’t miss the deadline!
Appealing can be a long process. It can include testifying in front of a Social Security administrative law judge—where it’s crucial for your evidence to be well presented.
Whether you work with us or not, at Levine Benjamin Law Firm we strongly recommend that you get legal help when you need to appeal, as soon as possible after you’re denied.
Levine Benjamin has helped more than 50,000 people win benefits in Detroit, Toledo, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and all across Michigan.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.
What would you like to do?
When Social Security brings medical experts to your disability hearing, Levine Benjamin Law Firm takes special care to see that you’re prepared.
What We Do For Your Disability Appeal
During your appeal, Levine Benjamin attorneys take care of these steps:
- Analyzing your Social Security file
- Preparing your case and setting the strategy
- Gathering additional evidence from your doctors and medical providers
- Preparing you to testify at an administrative law hearing
- Making legal arguments before the judge
- Questioning medical and vocational experts who testify at your hearing
- Appealing your case at the federal court level if necessary
Your disability hearing with a judge is the most critical stage of your case. It’s your best chance to present evidence in person and explain why you need Social Security disability benefits.
Sometimes, Social Security brings in expert medical witnesses to testify at your hearing. They can hurt your chances of winning benefits. We know how to counter these witnesses.
With Levine Benjamin, you’ll always meet with an attorney before your hearing to help you get ready. At some firms, you’ll only see your lawyer on the day of your hearing.
When you’re appealing a disability denial, Levine Benjamin Law Firm stays with you every step of the way
What Are My Appeal Levels?
When you need to appeal a disability denial, in most states you start by requesting a reconsideration. Michigan is an exception: you bypass that step and ask directly for a hearing with a Social Security judge.
These are the steps to appealing:
- Reconsideration: In this step, someone at Social Security who didn’t look at your initial application gives your file another review. A Levine Benjamin attorney can help you add new evidence for them to consider.
- Hearing: If you’re turned down again after a reconsideration, Levine Benjamin will help you present your case to an administrative law judge. The wait for a hearing is typically long, but it’s your best chance to explain your needs in person.
- Appeals Council: If the judge turns you down, Levine Benjamin can ask the Appeals Council—a group within Social Security—to review your claim.
- Federal Court: If the Appeals Council still denies you, your next step is to go outside Social Security’s legal system and take your case to federal court. Levine Benjamin attorneys are experienced with federal court appeals.
We help you at all levels of Social Security disability appeals.
And if you don’t win disability benefits, there’s no cost to you. We only charge a fee when you win.
You can start by getting a free evaluation of your case.